Court acquits Taulava of P9.5-M tax evasion charges

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson PBA D-League Draft set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The prosecution did not present the registry receipt issued by the Bureau of Posts or the registry return card as proof that Taulava was mailed the assessment notice, which he denied receiving.The failure to give due process to Taulava “gives rise to the conclusion that the accused is under no obligation to pay for the subject taxes,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Erlinda P. Uy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAssociate Justices Roman G. del Rosario and Cielito N. Mindaro-Grulla concurred in the decision.BIR accused Taulava, who currently plays for NLEX Road Warriors and is the oldest active player in the Philippine Basketball Association, of failing to pay his deficiency income tax and value-added tax for the year 2004. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The said assessments were stated in separate assessment notices dated Jan. 5, 2009.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Asi Taulava now can heave a sigh of relief.Filipino-Tongan basketball player Pauliasi “Asi” Taulava has scored against the Bureau of Internal Revenue, as the Court of Tax Appeals acquitted him of P9.55-million tax evasion charges.In a 41-page decision dated Nov. 3, the CTA First Division said BIR failed to prove that it properly served the final letter of demand informing Taulava of his tax assessment for the year 2004.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Sweep nets 25 in ‘ruthless’ biker gang

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA – Hundreds of law enforcement officers targeted the Vagos motorcycle club Thursday in a Southern California sweep that netted 25 arrests of leaders and associates of what officials labeled an outlaw gang. “The Vagos are a ruthless criminal biker gang that virtually held our communities hostage” by dealing in “guns, drugs and death,” said John Torres, a special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “We’re going to continue to fight this war on our local terrorists,” San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said at a news conference. “Operation 22 Green,” as it was called, targeted Vagos associates in five Southern California counties. It involved 700 ATF and local police and sheriff’s departments. Ramos said the sweep effectively “dismantled,” the club, which he estimated has several hundred members. Torres said he anticipated that many of those arrested will have their cases incorporated into a federal racketeering case against the club. An e-mail message seeking comment from the club was not immediately returned. However, leaders in the past have said Vagos is a social club, not a criminal enterprise and frequently have complained of being subjected to witch-hunts. “It’s about riding motorcycles together. Spending time as a family, a pack, a club, a tribe,” James Cross, 34, former president of the Placer County Vagos told The Sacramento Bee. His comments were published Wednesday. “The club frowns on criminal activity,” said Cross, who is one of three people accused of conspiring to kill a fellow member. Vagos (pronounced VAH’-gohs), whose patch includes the Norse god of mischief, Loki, was founded in San Bernardino in the 1960s. The Spanish name means “traveling gypsy” or “a street-wise person that’s always up to something,” according to the club Web site. In the past decade, there have been several sweeps against members and associates in connection with crimes ranging from marijuana sales to murder. More than 30 of them have been convicted of various crimes. In San Bernardino County, two murder cases and two attempted-murder cases have been filed against Vagos associates or members, Ramos said. He did not provide details. In September 2004, a state investigation involving the gang led to the arrests of 26 people and the seizure of more than $125,000 in cash, drugs and guns. In October 1998, a two-year undercover investigation of the gang resulted in the arrests of more than a dozen people in connection with alleged kidnapping, drug and weapons crimes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Green is the club’s chosen color and 22 corresponds to V, the 22nd letter of the alphabet. Authorities said the three-year investigation was among the largest coordinated law enforcement probes ever conducted in the region. More than 80 search and arrest warrants were issued and 25 people were taken into custody Thursday on federal or state charges that included firearms and drug violations. An additional five people already were in custody. Those arrested Thursday included seven chapter presidents, one vice president, one secretary, one treasurer and seven sergeants-at-arms. The vice president, Ryan Matteson, 29, was arrested for investigation of murder in connection with a home-invasion robbery in Lucerne Valley where three people were robbed and one was killed, authorities said. In a statement, Torres said investigators seized 95 illegal firearms, some illegal drugs, $6,000 in cash and two stolen motorcycles. last_img read more

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